Four women from mainland China and two Hong Kong women are amongst the top 100 most powerful women in the world, according a new list released by Forbes.
Based on the list, China’s most powerful woman is 42-year-old Chongqing native Lucy Peng (Peng Lei), co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and CEO of Alibaba’s Ant Financial Services. Peng also featured in last year’s list, ranked at #53, and is reported to be the third wealthiest woman in technology in the world by Wealth-X, with a personal fortune of $1.2 billion.
Landing at #62 on the list is 68-year-old Hong Kong-born Margaret Chan. In her role as the Director-General of the World Health Organisation since 2006, Chan has been responsible for leading global efforts against communicable disease such as Ebola and Bird flu.
China’s first lady Peng Liyuan took out the #68 spot. Peng was named the UNESCO ambassador for women’s education last year and clearly wears the pants at home when it comes to her relationship with Chin’a #1 big dog. Her US counterpart and fashion-rival, Michelle Obama also made it on the list at #10.
The 69th spot on the list was taken by billionaire developer Zhang Xin, who is the co-founder and CEO of SOHO China, the country’s largest prime office real-estate developer. Zhang made waves in 2013 when she claimed that Chinese people “crave” democracy in a TV interview with CBS.
The only other non-mainland Chinese woman to feature on the list was Hong Kong businesswoman Solina Chau, who made the cut at #78. Chau is a business partner in the Cheung Kong Group, and director of the Li Ka Shing Foundation.
Chinese celebrity and queen of microblogging, Yao Chen claimed the 82nd position. Yao’s cult following of 78 million Weibo users is the largest in China and is even more than the number of Beliebers on Twitter. In 2013, Yao became China’s first UNHCR goodwill ambassador.
There were no Taiwanese natives to feature on the list.
Rounding out the top three most powerful women in the world were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Prediential hopeful Hilary Clinton and Melinda Gates.
Previous appearances by Chinese in Forbes lists.
71 new Chinese billionaires make Forbes rich list.
Xi Jinping named world’s third most powerful person by Forbes.
Fan Bingbing tops Forbes China celebrity list.
By Liam Bourke